October 2018
Featured Articles
Pastor Appreciation Month
Fall Revival
Welcome Back, Generation One
Domestic Violence Awareness Month/Conference
Persecuted Church
Alonzo Cockrell: Servant of the Lord
Crafts Bazaar
Meet the Musician: James Glover
Mental Health Awareness
Women's Emphasis Month Prayer
Choosing Child Care with Connie Kinder
Parents' Corner
Bible Study,
Family Meetings &
Corporate Prayer
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Bible Study continues on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm. Tribal Family meetings take place on the Tuesday following the first Sunday of the Month, while Corporate Prayer is held on remaining Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. Dinner is provided weekly at 5:45 pm. 

Prayer Ministry

Join the Prayer Line each morning, Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 7:00 am


Call Numbers:

No bridge number necessary

Conference Bridge Number: 183063#

And...don't forget the
Hour of Power in Prayer
: Prayer in the church sanctuary every Friday morning, 6:00 am to 7:00 am 

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Worship Service and

Sunday School


Saturdays at 6:00 pm

Sundays at 7:45 am and
11:00 am

Sunday School is available for all ages every Sunday at
9:30 am

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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples,
"The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." Matthew 9:36-38

In the synoptic gospels (Matthew 13:3, Mark 4:3, Luke 8:5), Jesus tells the memorable parable about the sower and his seed. In it, He identifies the seed as the Word of God. The ground represented the various ways people responded to the Word. As far back as the fall of man, God has been sowing the seeds that would yield a harvest, a large ingathering of lost souls in great need of salvation. Indeed, there will be no harvest without seed time. God first introduces this cycle of seedtime and harvest in His promise to Noah after the flood, "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease." (Genesis 8:22). Yet, even before that time, God was sowing seed.

The Son of God, Jesus, was a master teacher and communicator. Because of the agrarian society in which He ministered while here on earth, Jesus often used the principles of farming to demonstrate eternal truths. Jesus emphasized to His followers the importance of harvesting lost souls for the Kingdom. Just as the farmer knows when corn, wheat and barley are ready to be harvested, so Jesus knows when souls are ready to receive Him. During His three year ministry, Jesus gave Himself to the task of enlisting, equipping and empowering soul harvestersRead more >>

Welcome back, Generation One
The good Lord has blessed each of us
To remain here, for more fellowship and fun;
And despite the spiritual and physical challenges
All around us,
Our holy and loving Savior
Continues to demonstrate that He is always
Reaching out to us.
Despite any aches and pains,
Loss of loved ones, or other issues that we face,
Let us praise Him
For all of His mercy and His loving, saving grace.
If you will somehow worry less
Through any forthcoming ups and downs
Along life's sometimes challenging track,
And remain spiritually faithful,
The triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -
Will, most assuredly, continue to bless you!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Destiny and Darius were high school sweethearts. Even though they enjoyed many fun times together, things were not always great. Whenever Darius got angry with Destiny, he would shove her against her school locker or punch her in the shoulder. He would always be so sorry about it later, but then it would happen again. 

One and a half million American high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. Two thirds of them never tell anyone about it. Violence is not love; it's abuse.

Destiny and Darius went off to college together and continued dating each other. After graduation, they got married. Within a few years, they were expecting their first child. Pregnancy is a stressful time for both parents-to-be, and it was no different for Destiny and Darius. However, Darius violently took his frustrations out on Destiny. The fact that she was pregnant did not save her from her husband's abuse. 

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
Sunday, November 4, 2018

"If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad."
1 Corinthians 12:26

What if? What if you could not have a Bible app on your phone, or blast the latest Hezekiah Walker song from your car radio? What if you could not get married in a church, or head off to worship service on Sunday mornings? What if you could not call the name "Jesus" out loud when you think of His goodness? Christians in many parts of the world can be abducted, imprisoned, raped or killed for doing these and other things that we take for granted. Sunday, November 4, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Christians worldwide will stand together in lifting up those around the world who are persecuted for following Jesus Christ. Special prayer focus will be given to believers living in North Korea, which is considered to be the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian. The world's attention turned to the Korean peninsula in early 2018, and for the first time in years, North Korean President Kim Jong-un and other leaders of the North Korean regime began engaging in open conversation with leaders of the free world. 

Deacon Alonzo Cockrell: Servant of the Lord
By Auburn Mann

"Lord, if you get me out of here alive, I will serve you until the day I die."

This was the prayer of Alonzo Cockrell in 1968 after being drafted out of his sophomore year at Knoxville College and deployed during one of the most violent periods of the Vietnam War.

For Alonzo, who was originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and the son of Pastor Fred Cockrell of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist, church was simply a part of life. Although he grew up in the church, he was "living off the prayers of my parents at the time," since he had not yet accepted Jesus Christ for himself.

Before he left for college, his mother, Nellie, imparted the wisdom from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. She reminded him to always seek the Lord's guidance in every major decision and circumstance. "Before every important exam, interview or decision, pray and ask for God's help," Alonzo's mother told him. Read more >>

Hosted by TPCBC Prayer Stitch Ministry

  • Crocheted Items
  • Knitted Items
  • Quilted Items
  • Jewelry
  • Greeting Cards
  • Art Work
  • Pottery
  • Accessories
  • Clothing
  • Christmas Gifts
  • Etc., Etc., Etc.
Vendor registration forms available in the Education Building Lobby.

For more information, please call 301-384-2601, Ext. 119, or send an email to Stitch@TPCBC.org.

Meet the Musician: James Glover

Meet James Glover. He has been a member of the TPCBC Music Ministry since 2012, and serves as a pianist and organist for the People's Angelic Voices (PAVs) choir.

James is a musician, conductor and composer. A native Washingtonian, James learned how to play gospel music from famed recording artist and pianist Rev. Donald Vails. He earned a bachelor's degree in music in 2006 from Morgan State University, where he studied conducting under Dr. Nathan M. Carter, director of the highly acclaimed Morgan State University Concert Choir. As a pianist and conductor, James traveled with the Choir throughout the United States and as far away as Russia. The Choir also performed two of James' compositions: "Psalm 117" and "My Eternal King."

James has written a host of compositions, many of which have been presented at noted music conventions, including the Gospel Music Workshop of America, The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, and The Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar. The First Mount Zion Baptist Church (Virginia) can be heard singing his music, and the Oxon Hill High School Choir (Maryland) recorded James' piece, "Your Majesty." James was recently commissioned to write an anthem for the church anniversary of Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Read more >>

By Shauna Moore Reynolds, Ed.D., LCPC-S, LPC, NCC, ACS

A connection to faith has long been recognized as having a deeply profound impact on emotional well-being. Throughout history, faith in God has been the cornerstone of the resilience and empowerment that have sustained generations of individuals from the African diaspora. To this day, that faith remains a powerful source of hope for the African American community.

Many studies reveal that when faith is included in wellness planning, individuals experience shorter recovery times, fewer hospitalizations and fewer relapses. The church and its leadership are a first choice for many individuals in times of personal distress. Having a conversation with trusted community leaders who are aware of cultural concerns can improve mental wellness for individuals and families.

During a given year, clergy typically treat more people than psychologists and psychiatrists combined. A 2009 survey of individuals with mental health conditions and family members conducted by the California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative revealed that 88% of African Americans agreed or strongly agreed that faith is an essential component to their or a family member's wellness. As first responders, African American faith leaders play a compelling role in engaging the community. It is imperative that they are well-equipped to respond appropriately to mental health needs.  Read more >>

Our Prayer: Sister to Sister
By Denise Hayes Scott

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord, say so!

We make your name glorious because you are a mighty good God, Awesome in all your ways. So we sing for joy.

Help us to be bold with God's Gifts, loving and sensible. Let us open our mouths and say something. For 'tis so sweet to trust in (You) Jesus and take You at Your word. We are resting on Your promise, Lord. Oh, for grace to trust You more.

We have evidence and confidence that we are conquerors, even more than conquerors. If anyone asks... my name is VICTORY! So magnify the Lord with me. Even when friends forsake me, I fret not, because I know without a shadow of doubt that JESUS WILL. He will make all decisions and provisions, open all doors.  Read more >>

Choosing Child Care with Connie Kinder

Studies suggest that up to 75% of all children in the United States attend some sort of day care, whether it is all day, before school or after school care. With increasingly more mothers - both single and married - entering the workforce over the last decades, the need for safe and effective child care has skyrocketed. Connie Kinder, affectionately known as "Auntie Connie," is seeking to meet some of that need.

Auntie Connie has been educating children, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, in Washington, D.C.-area school systems for 16 years. With expertise in art education, special education, and early childhood development, Connie will open a new day care center, Auntie Connie's Place, this fall in Laurel, Maryland. Auntie Connie's Place will accommodate children ages six months to five years old, and will also offer after school care for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. The goal of Auntie Connie's Place is to provide the best child care services and support for children and their families. Read more >>

Parents' Corner
By Edwina Neely

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." Matthew 9:36-38

God has poured His Love out upon us, and all He ask is for more workers to gather His harvest. It has been said, "A harvest is the time when we reap what we sow." To harvest something is to gather. Let's look at the word "harvest" and ask ourselves: Do we harvest love in our family? Can we gather up love in every room, every place we go and everything we do?

How are we doing with harvesting love? Our children equate attention with love. This may be one of a parent's greatest challenges - providing children with the attention they need. It is so easy to instead watch television, surf the Internet, etc. Many times our children misbehave to get attention. They want attention so badly they will do almost anything to get it.  Read more >>

Judah Family Meet & Greet
October 19 | 6:00 pm
All Judah Family members are invited for "Dinner and a Movie" in the Norwood Center. RSVP to your Cell Leader, and come out for food, fun and fellowship.

Youth Connections Parents Meeting
October 19 | 6:30 pm
All parents of teenagers in grade 7-12 are encouraged to attend.

Fellowship with Gillis Memorial Baptist Church
October 28 | 3:30 pm
Join Pastor Robinson and the Music Ministry for Family & Friends Day at Gillis Memorial Baptist Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Darryl P. Gould. Gillis Memorial is located at 4016 Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore.

Ushers Recognition Day
November 11 | 3:00 pm
Save the Date for the celebration of the Ushers Ministry.

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